That reminds me. I bought Command & Conquer 3: Tiberium Wars on sale yesterday and it has this notation on the store page:
Notice: WINDOWS 7 USERS: To ensure proper functionality, you must disable User Account Control (UAC) via the Windows Control Panel before launching the game.
Why is it necessary to disable UAC?
[Edited by element5, 6/15/2015 8:28:18 PM]
So disabling swapping functionality might give you the improvement in performance because you will only be using RAM which is faster as you already said.
One thing to consider (and you mentioned it already) - you need to have enough RAM to accommodate all the programs you are executing, otherwise you are risking to run out of memory. In this case the performance will drop, some processes may be terminated by OS and system may experience crash/freeze. (read more about it here)
On some machines, especially ones that keep swap file on HDD not SSD, the effect from disabling swapping is very noticeable. On others it is not so obvious. But even if you don't get obvious improvement, think of it in another way, by disabling swapping you will save yourself some disk space on your SSD.
By disabling swapping, you will also prevent memory algorithms from doing unnecessary operation - moving data from RAM to swap and vice versa - in case of SSD this will prevent excessive wear. And in any case this will improve the performance by eliminating unnecessary operations."
As you can see it's not so cut and dry, windows uses page file not only when it's absolutely necessary and yeah you will lose performance when it does especially if it's on hdd drive, you wont lose so much performance on ssd drive but you will lose the drive itself faster.
Without UAC, all programs run as administrator (bad security practice). I would say that if it runs fine when you run it as administrator without disabling UAC, you should be fine (and you can configure the program to automatically do it through the compatibility tab).
Ah, ok. Some people say leave UAC off anyway but, honestly, I leave it on and I've never seen any reason not to. An occasional confirming click is not my idea of a nuisance so I'd just as soon have the additional security as not. Thanks.
I think I will go the safer route and leave the pagefile on. Even though I am not hurting for RAM (32gb in current rig), I would just feel more comfortable leaving it be.
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